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Structure Of The Fresh Onion Market In The Spring Season: A Focus On Texas And Its Competition


  • Fuller, Stephen W.
  • Capps, Oral, Jr.
  • Bello, Haruna
  • Shafer, Carl E.


A structural model of the spring onion economy is developed to analyze forces affecting the onion-producing sector in Texas. Spring onion prices in Texas are influenced by own shipments, shipments from storage stocks, and variety. Texas's decline in market share is largely the result of expanded late summer (storage) onion production. A decline in the U.S. real tariff and a weakening of the real exchange rate (pesos/$) encouraged onion imports from Mexico during the study period. However, this impact was offset by the imposition of quality standards in 1980 and the growth in domestic late summer onion production. Study period results did not support the recent contention of Texas producers that onion imports from Mexico are unfavorably affecting prices received.

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  • Fuller, Stephen W. & Capps, Oral, Jr. & Bello, Haruna & Shafer, Carl E., 1991. "Structure Of The Fresh Onion Market In The Spring Season: A Focus On Texas And Its Competition," Western Journal of Agricultural Economics, Western Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 16(02), December.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:wjagec:32597

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    1. Connolly, Chan C., 1971. "Feasibility of a Central Onion Sales Organization for South Texas," Reports 96147, Texas A&M University, Agribusiness, Food, and Consumer Economics Research Center.
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    1. Espinoza Arellano, Jose de Jesus & Fuller, Stephen W. & Malaga, Jaime E., 1998. "Analysis Of Forces Affecting Competitive Position Of Mexico In Supplying U.S. Winter Melon Market," International Food and Agribusiness Management Review, International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IFAMA), vol. 1(04).
    2. Malaga, Jaime E. & Williams, Gary W. & Fuller, Stephen W., 2001. "US-Mexico fresh vegetable trade: the effects of trade liberalization and economic growth," Agricultural Economics, Blackwell, vol. 26(1), pages 45-55, October.


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